PRAISE FOR CHRIS TUSA
"Tusa has cultivated a dark, intensely lyrical novel about the horrors, fears, and the persistent anxieties that plagued New Orleans in the years after Katrina decimated their normal ways of life." --Steven Petite, Huffington Post (click here to read more)
“If I had a dollar for every sentence in Dirty Little Angels that blew my mind, I’d be able to buy a decent Chevy Nova outright.” » Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff.
“In his engrossing novel In the City of Falling Stars, Chris Tusa captures the paranoia and violence and shattered relationships of a city betrayed by its government and left in ruins.” » John Biguenet, author of The Torturer’s Apprentice and Oyster
“In the City of Falling Stars marries the ancient high gothic fever-dreamed catastrophes of the Old South to the new New South’s noirish pre-post-apocalyptic fandangos below the bug line. Chris Tusa’s new New Orleans novel creates its own humid and humorous microclimate where despair fights it out with delight and each and every super-saturated detail is delivered in showers of messed-up meteoritic prose.” » Michael Martone, Author of Michael Martone and Four for a Quarter
“Chris Tusa knows New Orleans, from post-Katrina fallout to the NOPD, junkie hoodlums, and Commander’s Palace. His second novel, In the City of Falling Stars, follows the uncertain progress of a slowly unhinging man, Maurice Delahoussaye, whose troubles range from family issues to the growing conviction that the whole world is closing in on him, like “a silver plague of stars.” Tusa’s tough lyricism captures it all, lingering in the mind long after the last page.” » David Galef, author of My Date With Neanderthal Woman and Flesh.
“Dirty Little Angels is the To Kill a Mockingbird of 2009. Brilliant, tender, engrossing, compassionate and challenging, Chris Tusa’s Dirty Little Angels marks the debut of a brave new voice in contemporary American literature.” » Burl Barer, Edgar Award Winning author of Mom Said Kill
“Dirty Little Angels is rich with characters who are beautifully flawed and within arm’s reach of redemption. This is a raw and tender debut.” » Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin Air
“Dirty Little Angels is a powerful novel – fast paced, riveting, and gritty. In this remarkable novel, Chris Tusa renders revelations about urban teens with startling honesty and deep compassion. Tusa is a gifted author and an amazing new talent.” » Bev Marshall, author of Right as Rain
“Tusa is a new and powerful voice arising from the South, and there is no doubt we will hear more from him in the years to come. ” » Beth Wilder, Alabama Writer’s Forum
“I don’t read a lot of fiction, but Tusa’s book makes me want to wake up and see what I am missing in the world of contemporary literary novels.” » Shawn Remfrey, Armchair Reviews
“Chris Tusa has written a nasty little novel that somehow lifts close to grace its downtrodden and sometimes blackhearted inhabitants. They’re fallen and broken, but like the New Orleans through which they stagger and flail, they are lovely ruins–and like New Orleans they are only one storm away from the End Times. Witness the storm, as told by Tusa: Dirty Little Angels.”
“In Dirty Little Angels, the finely wrought descriptions of New Orleans and its post-apocalyptic landscape are wonderfully written and bring the city to life in all its miserable glory.” » James Claffey, New Delta Review
“I came away from Dirty Little Angels feeling the same way I felt after reading Faulkner’s Sanctuary, like I had just experienced great literature, a symphony of images, but also like I might be served a summons to appear in court for having committed some crime.” » Gwilym Lucas Eades, Librarything